Murder suspect testifies against co-defendant

Maryann Castorena and Anthony Delagarza. (January 2014)
Maryann Castorena and Anthony Delagarza. (January 2014)

HOLLAND, Mich. (WOOD) — One of two people accused in the murder of a Holland man testified against his co-defendant Wednesday.

Prosecutors say Maryann Castorena and Anthony DeLaGarza murdered 38-year-old Jose Hernandez outside his Park Township apartment in January.

Jose Hernandez. (2012 photo courtesy his family)
(Jose Hernandez. 2012 photo courtesy his family)

Castorena, 49, is Hernandez’s ex-girlfriend and DeLaGarza, 19, had lived with him for a time. Investigators say the motive was Hernandez’s $1.5 million life insurance policy.

During Castorena’s Wednesday preliminary hearing, DeLaGarza testified against her. He explained what he says happened after he attacked Hernandez.

“(Castorena) asked me if I did it. I said I tried. I hit him, but he wouldn’t go down. She then told me that if he turned into a vegetable, she wouldn’t get any money and she needs to the money,” DeLaGarza said.

A judge decided there was enough evidence to send Castorena to trial on three charges: open murder, conspiracy to commit murder and solicitation of murder — a charge added Wednesday.

DeLaGarza waived his hearing last month and is also headed to trial.

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